Mega musicals, Metallica tribute, markets and more Dubai fun
Time Out Dubai staff
Thursday 8 Take a hip hop class
Hip hop dancing is not just for Usher and Julia Stiles – there are adult classes right here in Dubai every night at 7pm.
First International Dance Studio, Deira. Call David on 056 605 5265 for more information.
Thursday 8 Be a Twi-hard
If you’re not up on your pop culture patter, a ‘Twi-hard’ is a particularly committed Twilight fan. The threequel Eclipse is in cinemas from tonight.
In cinemas across Dubai.
Thursday 8 Enjoy a chocolate treat
The ideal way to start the weekend: tucking into a buffet of Valrhona chocolate desserts. It’s not naughty if you’ve been good all week. Dhs90 per person.
The Address Dubai Marina, 6pm-9.30pm. Call 04 436 7777 for more information.
Thursday 8 Gorge on sushi
Tuck into all-you-can-eat sushi for Dhs99, from 6.30pm until11pm. Who said sushi is only for the hoi polloi?
Benihana, Al Bustan Rotana, Garhoud. Call 04 282 0000 for more information.
Thursday 8 Kung-fu and Kos
Enjoy a double bill and a dip at this new movie night, where you watch from the pool. Tonight: Kung-Fu Panda and Mike Tyson (hence the KO, get it?) in The Hangover.
Dive-In Movies, The Address Montgomerie. Call 04 390 5600 for more information.
Friday 9 Mosh along to Metallica
Expect unstoppable rock salutes and air guitar at this Metallica tribute night. It’s been in our diary a while. Tickets are Dhs50 on the door.
Aussie Legends, Satwa 9pm-3am. Call 04 398 2222 for more information.
Friday 9 Celebrate Leilat al-Meiraj
Today is a public holiday called the ‘Ascension of the Prophet’ – a community day, when Muslim families decorate their homes and mosques. Call the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding for more info.
Across Dubai. Call 04 353 6666 or see www.cultures.ae for more information.
Friday 9 Feast on Nineteen’s brunch
Try out some homely foods and take in the scenic views of the golf course. Dhs225 food only.
The Address Montgomerie Dubai, Emirates Hills. Call 04 390 5600 for more information.
Saturday 10 Cool in the pool
Take advantage of The Palace’s special offer and get a month’s pool membership for Dhs750. Valid until August 31.
The Palace Hotel, Downtown Burj Khalifa. Call 04 428 7888 for more information.
Saturday 10 Fill up for Dhs40
Get half off your breakfast, lunch or dinner buffet at the new Dusit hotel. That’s Dhs40 for all you can eat from the buffet spread. Tuck in!
The Chill, Dusit Princess, Deira, 6.30am-11pm. Call 04 209 5000 for more information.
Saturday 10 Check out some urban art
This is your last day to see the Mega toys exhibition at Bloomingdale’s. Each toy has been customised by a local artist, and the show is testament to the UAE’s creativity.
Bloomingdale’s, The Dubai Mall, all day. Call 04 362 7500 for more information.
Saturday 10 Get crafty at the Mark-It
It’s the second day of this high-end craft market, which runs from 11am ’til 10pm (or 5pm to 10pm on Friday). It’s free and in gorgeous surroundings – who knows what you might find?
The Shelter, Al Quoz. See www.shelter.ae for more information.
Sunday 11 Try some last-minute pampering
Before the World Cup started we scouted out a bunch of spa treatments at discount rates for those not so interested in football. Today’s the last day for cheap deals at Lime, Spaces and Natural Elements. Quick! Go relax!
Lime Spa (04 323 8888), Spaces (04 515 4400), and Natural Elements (04 217 0000)
Sunday 11 Check out the collectors’ exhibition
From fashion to coins to cars, see the record-breaking collections of local and international hoarders. They’ll be on show at the mall from 10am ’til 10pm.
BurJuman, Bur Dubai, until July 24. Call 600 545 5555 for more information.
Sunday 11 Watch the final
Even if your team is out of the World Cup, stop being bitter and head to one of Dubai’s top sports venues to see a piece of football history as it happens. But where to go? See our exhaustive guide on page 8 for a few (or 50) ideas.
Various venues, 8.30pm. See www.fifa.com for more information.
Monday 12 Pasta drama
Chef Daniele Bolognesi is whipping up noodle dishes in various shapes and sizes. Acquaint yourself with the less familiar pasta varieties (strigoli, anyone?). The special menu is available until July 15.
Vivaldi, Sheraton Dubai Creek, 7pm-11.30pm. Call 04 207 1717 for more information.
Monday 12 Half-price foot rubs
Thai Privilege Spa’s foot reflexology treatments are among the best in the city, and they’re half price until August 7. There’s nothing like finishing Monday off with a good foot rub.
Thai Privilege Spa, Jumeirah. Call 04 348 9678 for more information.
Monday 12 Learn to zouk
This Brazilian dance is loosely based on the lambada – head to art space The Shelter for super-affordable lessons, at just Dhs40 a go.
The Shelter, Al Quoz, 7.30pm-9.30pm. Call 04 434 5655 for more information.
Monday 12 A night out with the ladies
One for the girls – claim the cost of your taxi back in drinks (don’t forget receipts) and if five girls arrive together, you’ll get a bottle of bubbly.
Chi, Oud Metha. Call 04 337 9470 for more information.
Tuesday 13 Adopt a cute cat
Why not brighten up your day by welcoming a new addition to the family? Summer is a busy time for animal welfare group Feline Friends, when many of the organisation’s foster carers go home and abandoned kittens are especially vulnerable in the heat. Can you help?
Feline Friends, Jumeirah. Call 050 451 0058 for more information.
Tuesday 13 Viva Victoria
Fancy some quiet mid-week entertainment? Catch Emily Blunt as the young queen in enjoyable (but not overly exciting) biopic The Young Victoria.
In cinemas across Dubai.
Tuesday 13 See Hairspray!
Local performers and West End professionals unite to bring you the hairy hit musical set in ’60s America (and no, it’s not the risqué one with the nudity).
Centrepoint Theatre, Ductac, Mall of the Emirates. Call 04 341 4777 for more information.
Tuesday 13 Fame: The Musical
Popular Productions brings another theatrical blockbuster to town. Sing along with us: ‘I wanna live forever…’ Until July 17.
First Group Theatre, Madinat Jumeirah. See www.timeouttickets.com for more information.
Wednesday 14 Get creative
Pottery is surprisingly therapeutic – relax with a half-day course this afternoon in either wheel throwing or hand building for Dhs150 per person. We’re keen on the wheel option – we may even ask them to play the Ghost soundtrack.
Ductac, Mall of the Emirates, 2pm-5pm. See www.ductac.org for more information.
Wednesday 14 Catch some Clint
We’re all Avatar-ed out (showing at 7pm), but the second film at Movies and Munchies’ double bill tonight is worth a look: Clint Eastwood’s Gran Torino. Popcorn and pool access are included for your Dhs30.
Desert Palm resort, 9pm. Call 04 602 9333 for more information.